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Odds & Ends

By Joshua Lee
Odds and Ends

Dateline: Japan

Kentucky Fried Chicken released a fried chicken-scented bath bomb in Japan. KFC Japan teamed up with Japanese novelty retailers Village Vanguard to release a drumstick-shaped bath accessory that they promise will make bathers smell just like the fast-food chain's famous fried chicken. KFC Japan's twitter account, @KFC_jp, has launched a social media contest that will award 100 followers with a free bath bomb, a red and white KFC-branded box and a coupon for a Secret Combination Pack of chicken. The competition runs through Nov. 15. KFC has previously treated fans to fried chicken-scented sunscreen, flavored lip balm and a candle inspired by the company's secret recipe—which consists of 11 unknown herbs and spices.

Dateline: USA

A former Twitter employee deactivated President Donald Trump's account last week. According to Twitter's @TwitterGov account Thursday morning, @realDonaldTrump was deactivated “due to human error by a Twitter employee.” According to the tweet, the president's account was unavailable for 11 minutes before it was reactivated in full. Hours later, @TwitterGov tweeted an update of their investigation in the matter, saying that the deactivation was caused by “a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day.” On Friday morning, the president commented on the instance by tweeting, “My Twitter account was taken down by a rogue employee. I guess the word must be finally be getting out-and having an impact.” Twitter has said that it is conducting an internal review of the matter.

Dateline: England

A British town burned a 36-foot effigy of Harvey Weinstein last week as part of their Bonfire Night celebration. According to the Associated Press, citizens in the Edenbridge Bonfire Society choose a celebrity to immortalize and burn alongside their effigy of Fawkes each year on Guy Fawkes Day—a holiday celebrating Fawkes' failed attempt to blow up British Parliament in 1605. Representatives of the Bonfire Society told reporters that Weinstein—a prominent Hollywood film producer who was recently accused of sexual misconduct and assault by dozens of alleged victims—was an obvious choice for the terrorist's mate this year. The effigy was unveiled earlier in the week and depicted Weinstein in a bathrobe holding a clapperboard with the words “final cut” printed on it and an Oscar. The Edenbridge Bonfire Society donates proceeds from the event to charity each year. Previous effigies include President Donald Trump, Saddam Hussein and Lance Armstrong.

Dateline: Republic of Cyprus

Doctors were forced to find a creative way to remove two magnets lodged in a young boy's nose. Last week, the New England Journal of Medicine published an account of an 11-year-old boy was admitted to a hospital in the capitol city of Cyprus after he had placed two of the most powerful magnets available up his nose. The two magnets had attracted each other and clamped onto either side of the patient's nasal septum, causing him to experience severe pain and bleeding. When he was first admitted to the emergency room, doctors were unable to tell if the magnets were still in the patient's nose, but X-rays revealed two neodymium magnets in the patient's nasal cavity, each about the size of a watch battery. He was immediately placed under general anesthesia and was prepared for surgery. According to the patient's surgeons, he was in danger of septal perforation and the development of necrosis if the magnets weren’t removed quickly, but standard operating tools were proving useless. Finally, the doctors were able to remove the obstructions by using a second set of magnets placed on the outside of the boy's nose to counteract the magnetic field of the first two. The boy suffered damage to his nasal cartilage and was given adhesion barriers over the traumatized tissue and silicon nose splints to further the healing process. Six months after the surgery, the boy showed no signs of permanent damage.

Dateline: Canada

A Saskatchewan landowner was surprised to find an abandoned house left on his property. Patrick Maze claims he was driving to work last week when he discovered a house on a trailer sitting in an empty field on land he owns northeast of Pilot Butte, Sask. According to Maze, he assumed whoever left it would come back. Several days later, however, he came across it again and became concerned. He posted a photo of the house to Facebook and was soon contacted by Brenda Robertson, the house's owner, who lives nearly 30 miles from Maze. Robertson says her family had been waiting for the delivery of their new home from when they were told that there was a problem with their power permits, and the house would have to be returned while the permits were reissued. After seeing the Facebook post, Robertson contacted the moving company responsible for transporting the house, and was allegedly told that the movers had been instructed by SaskPower to leave the house on Maze's property. The company reportedly tried contacting Maze or his neighbors, but was unable to reach anyone at the time.

Compiled by Joshua Lee. Email your weird news to josh@alibi.com.
 
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